I’ve noticed lately that a fair number of companies are working together. I suspect that their collaboration has something to do with the increasing complexity of automotive electronics hardware and software. No one knows everything.
Here are some recent examples of collaboration:
Designing, Simulating, and Testing Electrical Energy Storage Systems
dSPACE and RWTH Aachen University developed a new simulation environment for electrical energy storage systems. They combined “Toolbox Speichersysteme” (Energy Storage Toolbox), a simulation model developed at RWTH Aachen’s Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), with a dSPACE graphical user interface. With that combination they could simulate the electrical and thermal behavior of various battery technologies, supercapacitors and other electrical energy storage systems.
The partners subsequently integrated their new simulation environment into the dSPACE tool chain, so batteries can be simulated offline on a PC platform or in real time together with a battery management system ECU on a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator.
Autoliv, Inc. said it plans to enter a joint venture with Nissin Kogyo that will combine Autoliv’s brake control business with a portion of Nissin Kogyo’s braking business. Approximately 2,000 employees will focus on “brake control and brake apply” systems for the global light vehicle market, and the firms said their joint venture “will be characterized by integrated active and passive safety systems operating together.”
Elektrobit, Infineon and NVIDIA Plan to Deliver an Automated Driving Platform
Elektrobit (EB) says it is working with Infineon Technologies and NVIDIA to make it easier for automakers and suppliers to create advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The firms say that ADAS applications developed with the solution will enable a vehicle to not just sense, but to interpret what is happening around it and communicate information to the driver, to other critical systems within the vehicle, to other vehicles nearby, and to the cloud.
Freescale and Continental Integrate Radar Solutions
Freescale Semiconductor and Continental announced plans to integrate Freescale’s upcoming 77 GHz radar technology into Continental’s next generation short- and mid-range automotive radar modules. The integration is intended as the next step in the evolution of Continental’s ADAS radar solutions and is also said to address the ISO 26262 standard.
Freescale said its next radar chipset will provide coverage around the vehicle for emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane keeping assistance, pedestrian detection, and more.
Vector Informatik Verifies Solutions with Ixia
Vector Informatik and Ixia say they are collaborating to secure, validate and optimize automotive Ethernet communications in the connected car market.
Vector said it selected Ixia’s solution, which happens to comply with AUTOSAR standards, to validate the conformance of its TCP/IP stack implementation.
Most if not all of these announcements were made within the last month. Have I missed any?